Illinois News

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Mother of 2 dies in Peoria fire

Wednesday around 5:08 a.m. the Peoria Fire Department responded to the 1000 block of East Virginia Avenue to find heavy fire and black smoke coming from the back of the house. While searching the home one victim was found inside. J’Naysia Marie Hobbs, 24, was pronounced dead on the scene at 6:33 a.m. She was a health care worker and mother of two. Her family and loved ones say she was a genuinely sweet person who always put her children first. The next door neighbor, who would like to remain anonymous, says she was woken by one of her children screaming after seeing flames. “I called the police before I ran over there. I ran over there, I beat and kicked on the door. It still wouldn’t come open. I just feel real bad, like I know I couldn’t really do anything but I feel real bad. By me being next door and I really can’t do anything.”
WHOI-TV ABC 19 Peoria

Flames rip through massive home in north suburban Kildeer

VIDEO: In the darkness that comes earlier these days, flames lit up the sky for miles long in north suburban Kildeer following a massive fire. According to fire officials, a multi-story home caught fire and is uninhabitable. Officials say the structure may be a total loss. The size of the fire necessitated a mutual aid response from a dozen neighboring communities. Firefighters used a dry hydrant where water is pulled from retention ponds because there are no fire hydrants in the area. Lake Zurich Fire Chief David Pilgrad says that given the flames’ intensity, the exterior side of one of the adjacent homes had to be drenched as a precaution. Everyone made it out of the home safely and did not require emergency care or hospitalization. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
WGN-TV 9 Chicago

Two Injured, Rushed To St. Louis Hospitals After Hose Line Breaks At Alton Steel

Alton Fire Department and Alton Police Department responded to a 911 call at Alton Steel Inc. at No. 5 Cut Street, Building 61, at 4:43 p.m. on Wednesday, December 1. When firefighters and officers arrived, they discovered two employees had been working on a hose line when the hose line broke and fire came through the gas line. Both employees were tossed about 12 feet by the fire surge, Alton Fire Department Chief Derek Richardson said. One of the employees suffered bodily injuries when he landed against a brick wall. He was taken by ARCH to St. Louis University Hospital. Richardson said that man was reported in stable condition. Richardson said the other injured man suffered burns and was treated and driven by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. The second man is also was reported in stable condition.
River Bender

Fire results in emergency demolition for Peoria home

Peoria Firefighters were called to reports of a residential structure fire at 3:13 A.M. this morning. Fire crews that arrived on scene found a two-story home with fire and black smoke coming from all sides of the building. Due to the advanced stage of the fire and for the safety of personnel on scene, crews had to fight the fire from outside the home. Additional crews extinguished fire that spread to nearby homes on each side of the residence. One of the homes had flames that spread to the attic area. Occupants inside had already escaped to safety before crews arrived. The other home had fire on an outside wall that was able to be extinguished with no further spread. Damages were estimated at $90,000 and the vacant home was notified for emergency demolition. No one is reported to be injured at this time.
WMBD-TV CBS 31 Peoria

Truck fire requires temporary Broadway closure in Quincy

A truck caught fire and exploded Wednesday in the Culver’s parking lot, closing part of Broadway. The Herald-Whig’s newsgathering partner WGEM said the Quincy Fire Department responded to the scene just around 12:45 p.m., and firefighters requested additional crews to respond. The vehicle, a County Market refrigeration and maintenance vehicle, then exploded, sending debris across Broadway, damaging several vehicles. No injuries were reported. “We’re fortunate the way he was parked and the way the explosion happened that it didn’t cause any other issues with vehicles next to him,” Deputy Fire Chief Steve Salrin said. “It looked like he was parked here by himself at least when I rolled up.” Eastbound Broadway between 24th and 25th streets was closed for more than an hour as firefighters continued to work at the scene.
Quincy Herald-Whig

Peoria Fire Department kicks off ‘Keep the Wreaths Red’ campaign

The Peoria Fire Department on Wednesday launched their annual campaign, Keep the Wreath Red, to serve as visual reminders of the dangers of holiday-related fires. Through the end of the year, each of Peoria’s 12 fire stations are adorned with a holiday wreath illuminated with red bulbs. For every structure fire that occurs during the month of December, a red bulb will be replaced with a white one. Nate Rice, division chief of fire prevention at Peoria Fire Department, said the wreath represents more than holiday décor. “Our hope at the Peoria Fire Department is that this wreath serves as a reminder to the citizens of Peoria to practice fire safety in their homes and businesses,” said Rice. “As you drive by a fire station and see these wreaths, let it be a reminder to keep your home and businesses fire safe.”
WMBD-TV CBS 31 Peoria

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Champaign firefighters respond to 2 early morning house fires

The Champaign Fire Department responded to 2 house fires early Wednesday morning. Firefighters responded to the 500 Block of S. Duncan Road at 3:12 a.m. to a report of a house fire. When crews arrived on scene they found a garage on fire and quickly got to work to extinguish the flames. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The people living in the house are displaced due to damage. The second fire happened at 3:32 a.m. in the 900 Block of S. Duncan Road. The Champaign Fire Department said people living in the house were alerted by their smoke-detector. When firefighters arrived on scene they found a fire in a bedroom. Investigators say the cause of the fire was due to an "improperly disposed smoke material". No one was hurt, but the people living in the home were displaced due to damage.
WAND-TV NBC 17 Decatur

Hoffman Estates approves 3-year firefighters contract retroactive to Jan. 1

Eleven months retroactively, Hoffman Estates village board members Monday approved a three-year contract with the firefighters union granting annual salary increases for firefighter-paramedics of 2.5%, 2.25% and 2.25%, respectively, through Dec. 31, 2023. The contract also includes additional equity adjustments in the pay of lieutenants and captains -- 0.75% in 2021 and 1% in both 2022 and 2023. The vote was 6-0 with Trustee Karen Mills absent. Hoffman Estates Village Manager Eric Palm said he didn't recognize any specific reasons for the length of the negotiations, least of all the absence of a permanent village manager and fire chief on Jan. 1, when the new contract was intended to take effect and ultimately has. "Some things just take a little longer," Palm said. "I was very impressed with the leadership of the union and the good spirit of negotiations."
Daily Herald - Metered Site

Chicago: Firefighters Spend Night Battling Blaze At Northern Insulation In Round Lake

A lot of firefighters near Round Lake did not get much sleep overnight Monday into Tuesday. They spent all night battling a stubborn fire inside the Northern Insulation company. At 12:29 a.m. Tuesday, crews from the Greater Round Lake Fire Protection District were called to Northern Insulation Inc., 702 Magna Dr. for the fire. A box truck containing industrial chemicals had caught fire inside the building. Firefighters from 11 towns showed up to fight the blaze. It took about six hours for the last ones to leave. The fire was declared under control around 2 a.m., but a propeller-driven airboat also had to be used to clear the building of smoke. The business was closed at the time, and one was hurt in the fire.
WBBM-TV CBS 2 Chicago

Firefighters respond to business fire in Springfield

Firefighters responded to a business fire Tuesday night, according to the Springfield Firefighters Local 37 Facebook page. The fire broke out just after 9 p.m. in the 500 Block of N. Dirksen Parkway. Firefighters reported seeing heavy flames coming from the building. WAND News was on scene and saw major damage to the roof. The Springfield Fire Department shut down a portion of Dirksen Parkway while firefighters worked to extinguish the flames.
WAND-TV NBC 17 Decatur

Village of Lyons dedicates new Firefighter memorial

The more than 500 men and women – many of them volunteers – who have worked for the Lyons Fire Department over the past 125 years will not be forgotten, officials of the Village of Lyons said Nov. 28, 2021. A red-brick memorial topped with a firefighter’s helmet and sitting outside the fire station, 4043 Joliet Ave., was dedicated on Nov. 28. About 200 attended. Behind the memorial stands a new 35-foot flagpole topped with a 6-by-10-foot American flag. “It’s fantastic. A great day. A great day for Lyons,” Fire Chief Gordon Nord, Jr., said. Mayor Christopher Getty said the memorial pays tribute “to all those past and present who helped create and shape the great organization of the Lyons Fire Department into what it is today.”
Suburban Chicagoland

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